Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Let's Warm Up...

I have another Daydream Designs card to share with you today.  When I saw the Jan. 23rd sketch challenge at Splitcoast Stampers (SC420), I knew I wanted to play along.  Then I thought of the cute elements in the Sweet Warm Ups Color Digi Set and thought they'd be perfect for the sketch.  This set also has several coordinating sets:  Sweet Warm Ups Sentiments, Sweet Warm Ups Borders, Sweet Warm Ups (outline version), and Sweet Warm Ups Digi Paper Pack.

I chose to make an easel card so that the four circles could be the focus of the card front.  I've had this patterned paper for awhile and thought that it would match the colors in the digis well and look good with kraft cardstock.  There is some bling and sparkle to the front courtesy of stickles and rhinestones.  The bling, pearls and rhinestones have been in my stash for awhile.  I'm almost out of the brown pearls; guess that means I need to shop for more.  :)

I decorated the inside of the card a little but since I tend to be wordy (like you hadn't noticed -- ha!), I left a lot of space for writing.

Cardstock:  Copic, Georgia Pacific, The Paper Studio, Bazzill
Patterned paper:  Echo Park (Dots & Stripes - Bubble Gum Large Dots)
Stamps:  Daydream Designs (Sweet Warm Ups Color Digi Set)
Embellishments/Tools:  Spellbinders (Circles Small, Lacey Circles), rhinestones (Best Occasions), Ticket Punch (Stampin' Up), pearls (Queen & Co. - white, Recollections  - brown), ribbon (Michael's), Sakura Gelly Roll pens (Clear Star, Copper Star), Stickles (Black Diamond, Frosted Lace, Star Dust)

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Word Art Wednesday #64 - Anything Goes
Spark Your Creativity Now Challenge #5 - Anything Goes
Tuesday Throwndown #132 - Bling it On
Clear it Out Challenge - Circles

Thanks for stopping by for a visit today.  I hope you'll come back soon.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Pocket Calendar & Tutorial

Today I have a quick and easy project to share with you.  It's a calendar that is sized to go easily in your purse or desk.  The finished size is 3" x 6".  There is a calendar for each month and a place to write notes for 2014.  All the digis are from Daydream Designs.

Here's how I put my project together.  Start with a sheet of cardstock 6" x 12" (I didn't have the color I wanted in 12 x 12 paper so I had to piece it from an 8.5 x 11 sheet) and score it every 3 inches along the 12" side.  I rounded all the corners with my Round-it-All (this tool let me have the calendar closed and punched thru all layers with ease).  I layered each panel with patterned paper and rounded those corners as well.

I printed one of the sentiments from the Friendship Collection Sentiments set and also printed out "2013" on cream cardstock.  After cutting out and inking the edges, faux stitching was added; both panels were matted and adhered to the front panel. A glitter pen added some sparkle to the front cover.  I didn't want to use any bumpy embellishments because I didn't want to add bulk and I didn't want them to get knocked off due to wear & tear during the year.

The individual calendars from the 2013 Mini Calendars set were printed on cardstock (they are just over 2" wide), cut out and inked.  Two months were adhered to each panel.  The "extra" panel has room to make notes for future events in 2014.  If you look closely in the top picture, you'll see a date is circled.  This is a very special day in our lives and in the life of the recipient -- our children are getting married...to each other.  :)

Cardstock:  Stampin' Up, Recollections
Patterned Paper: Stampin' Up
Stamps:  Daydream Designs (2013 Mini Calendars, Friendship Collection Sentiments)
Ink:  Colorbox Fluid Chalk (Maroon)
Tools/Embellishments:  Spellbinders (Classic Circles Large & Small, Floral Ovals), Zutter Round-it-All (1/2"), Sakura Gelly Roll pens (metallic, clear star)

I'm entering this project in the following challenges:
Word Art Wednesday #64 - Anything Goes
Spark Your Creativity Now Challenge #5 - Anything Goes

Why don't you give a purse calendar a try?  They are so easy and made great gifts.  Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you'll come back soon.  I'll have a card using Daydream Designs pre-colored digis to show you in the next day or so.

Friday, January 25, 2013

My Heart Belongs to You -- SNSDC89

This week's challenge at the Sweet 'n Sassy Digi Challenge Blog is to use all white papers.  They can be inked, embossed, distressed, etc., they just have to start out white.  You image and embellishments may have as many colors as you'd like.

I chose to use this sweet Rhubarb's Heart image and layered one of the sentiments from the All My Heart set in his heart.  Love that about digis!!  I colored Rhubarb and his heart with copics and cut him out and matted with nesties.  I paper pierced the scallops for dimension.  I layered two of the elements from the Decorative Photo Corners Spellbinders set and added stickles to the top heart.  I threaded the ribbon thru the bottom of this embellishment.  I have had this ribbon in my stash since early 2009.  It may just be my oldest ribbon -- if it isn't, it's close to it.

The background panel is embossed with a tiny hearts embossing folder.  I used a Memento Dew Drop to add some color in a direct to paper technique.  I really like the subtle pink color it added.  This panel is matted on a solid white piece of cardstock and then glued to a white card base.  Three pink rhinestones finish off the card.

Cardstock:  Geogia pacific
Stamps:  Sweet 'n Sassy Digi (Rhubarb's Heart, All My Heart)
Ink:  Memento Dew Drops (Angel Pink)
Embellishments/Tools:  The Paper Studio embossing folder (Tiny Hearts), Stickles (Cotton Candy), Spellbinders (Petite Ovals Small, Petite Scalloped Ovals Large, Decorative Photo Corners), Tim Holtz Craft Pick, ribbon (Offray), rhinestones (The Paper Studio), Copics (R81, 83, 85, E31, 33, 35, 37)

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Word Art Wednesday #64 - Anything Goes
Pile It One Challenges #3 - Have a Heart
Spark Your Creativity Now Challenge #5 - Anything Goes
Tuesday Throwdown #131 - Furry Creatures
Really Reasonable Ribbon #64 - Valentine's/Love with Ribbon
Shopping Our Stash #86 - Use your oldest ribbon
Crafty Ribbons Challenge #37 - Love, Romance, Anniversary (any or all)
C.R.A.F.T  Challenge # 191 - Valentine's Day/Love

Thanks for stopping by and visiting today.  If it's as cold in your area as it is here, I hope you're able to stay inside and keep warm.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Daydream Designs Blog Hop & FREE Digis

Today, I get to participate in my first ever Daydream Designs Blog Hop. You should have arrived here from Sandie's blog.   If you are a regular reader and started here, you'll want to go to Diane's blog to start at the beginning so that you don't miss a thing! 

In this hop, we are featuring the theme of HEARTS.  There are LOTS of new Valentine's digis in the Daydream Designs store and actually, there are plenty that could be used year-round.  After all, saying "I love you" is never out of season!

The blog hop will run from today (January 21st) until the 24th.  Be sure to visit and comment on each blog in the hop.  The prize for a randomly selected winner who leaves a comment on every participating blog is a $20 gift certificate to the Daydream Designs store.  Keep reading to the end to find out about the FREE digis being given away during the hop.

I have two heart-themed projects to share with you today.  The first is a Valentine's Day card featuring 3 sets from the Snowbaby Love collection.

I printed out the adorable puppy from the Snowbaby Love Color set and cut him out.  I paper-pieced the heart from the Snowbaby Love Outline set and also cut it out.  After cutting out the puppy & the heart, I ran a copic marker around the edge to darken it. I used one of the many sentiments in the Snowbaby Love Sentiments set and layered it in the negative space behind to oval cutouts.

The patterned papers I chose have hearts all over them and to keep with the theme, I also used a heart embossing folder on the image panel.  The image panel is popped up over the bling flourish and the puppy is popped up on the image panel.  Two more rhinestones set off the sentiment and this simple but sparkly Valentine's Day card is complete.

Cardstock:  Copic (for the puppy), Georgia Pacific, Bazzill
Patterned Paper:  The Paper Studio (Love Stripe, Tiny Pink Hearts)
Stamps:  Daydream Designs (Snowbaby Love Color, Snowbaby Love Outline, Snowbaby Love Sentiments)
Tools/Embellishments:  Spellbinders (Classic Circles Large & Small, Petite Ovals Large & Small), The Paper Studio Embossing Folder (Tiny Hearts), flourish & rhinestones (Recollections), Copic marker (N9)

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Word Art Wednesday #63 - Anything Goes
Sentimental Sunday #138 - Negative Space
Spark Your Creativity Now Challenge #5 - Anything Goes
Cute Card Thursday #252 - Diamond are Forever (bling)

Pile it On Challenge #3 - Have a Heart
Terrifically Thrilling Thursday - Easy as 1-2-3 (1 sentiment, 2 pattern papers, 3 bling - 1 flourish plus 2 individual rhinestones)
Aud Sentiments - Bingo (I did the diagonal row Die cut, embossing, "Love")

For the second project....  A Countdown Calendar

In this project I am also showcasing the Snowbaby Love Color and the Snowbaby Love Sentiment sets.

Our daughter has requested "countdown calendars" for major events in her life ever since she started college.  Most of them were countdowns to Christmas vacation and Summer Vacation.  After she got engaged, she requested a countdown calendar to the wedding. We decided to have each month on a separate page.  Here is her calendar for February:

I designed the calendar itself in Word.  I layered the "Happy Valentine's Day" sentiment on the heart before printing.  Love that about digis!! I printed several of the images in the color set and cut them out. They were then popped up on the on the calendar.  I used a heart shaped punch to make a border along the bottom and doodled in the negative space.  A couple of the cut outs were used to highlight "February."  Stickles were added to all the cutout hearts along the bottom, the big heart on Valentine's Day, the two hearts highlighting "February", selected hearts on the sled and the puppies' heart.  I also used red stickles to mark the "3 months to go" day.

Cardstock:  Georgia Pacific, Bazzill
Stamps:  Daydream Designs (Snowbaby Love Color, Snowbaby Love Sentiments)
Tools/Embellishments:  Stickles (Star Dust, Christmas Red), EK Success Heart Punch, CM fine black pen

Now it's time to go back to hopping.  Your next stop is Traci's blog. I'm including the full hop list below, just in case you get lost or can't do the entire hop at one time.

As a thank you for visiting and hopping with us, here is a small gift for you - 2 FREE digis.  Click on each one, then right click to save to your computer.

FREE Digis Have Expired

Thanks for coming by today.  I hope you'll come back soon.  Happy Hopping!!

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Happy Birthday!!

Today is my mother-in-law's birthday so I thought I'd share the card I made for her with you.

I made a criss-cross Card and embellished the front with one of the layered chipboard birds a friend recently gave me.  My mother-in-law loves birds so I foresee using the birds my friend gave me on several cards for her.  I used a metallic pen for the faux stitching.  This gives a bit of shimmer as do the two flouishes.  The ribbon also has a bit of shimmer to it and the flower has touches of glitter.  The scalloped panel pulls out and is where my husband wrote our birthday message to her.

Cardstock:  Bazill, Recollections
Patterned Paper:  Prima (Madeline)
Stamps:  Mark's Finest Papers (Celebrate Big!)
Ink:  Memento (Tuxedo Black)
Embellishments/Tools:  flourishes (Prima, Recollections), ribbon (Ribbon Trends), Layered Chipboard Bird (K & Company), Spellbinders (Classic Ovals Large, Floral Ovals, Big Scalloped Border Petites), Sakura Gelly Roll Metallic pen, flower (Prima)

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Spark Your Creativity Now Challenge #5 - Anything Goes
Cute Card Thursday #252 - Diamond are Forever (Diamond Fold Card, bling)
Word Art Wednesday #63 - Anything Goes
Chocolate, Coffee & Cards Challenge #30 - For the Birds (use a bird on your card)
Whimsy Challenge #55 - Fancy Edges

Thanks for stopping by today.  There's still time to enter the Design Team call over on the Sweet 'n Sassy Digi Challenge Blog.  Visit the blog for full details on how to apply and on how to win the entire January Digi Release..

Friday, January 18, 2013

SNSDC88 AND January Digi Release

There is a lot of excitement at the Sweet 'n Sassy Digi Challenge Blog today.  We have 2 new DT members, a new challenge and a new digi release!!  Be sure to stop by the blog so you don't miss a thing.  Also, be sure to stop by each of the DT members' blogs and leave a comment.  One of the DT is our mystery blogger and one person who leaves a comments will be chosen at random to receive the entire January 2013 Digi Release.

This week's challenge is Anything Goes.  It couldn't be easier to participate.  If you'd like to apply to join the Digi Design Team, there's still time.  Just submit a project this week and write DT Call after your name.  Easy Peasy!!  Full details are on the Sweet 'n Sassy Digi Challenge Blog.

This month, the January 2013 Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Digi Release includes 7 adorable "critters."  Each one comes with one sentiment and costs $0.99!!  What a bargain!!

 Friends Purrever

When I saw there was a kitty digi, I had to make something with it.  As usual, I colored my kitty gray with my copics in honor of my Sasha.  Unlike Sasha, I gave this kitty a white tip to her tail.  I saw this Diamond Fold Card tutorial on YouTube recently and decided to give it a try.  The tutorial was easy to follow and except for matting each of my pieces, I stayed pretty true to her instructions.  I used a thick SU cardstock, this makes it a bit bulky.  I might try a lighter cardstock next time.  To keep the card closed, you have to hold it shut.  It is a 4" square when closed.

As you can tell there are lots of layers on my diamond panel.  I popped up the lacey square panel off the background diamond and then also popped up the kitty. I added some rhinestones, embossed a panel and some faux stitching to add some details.

Here's a view of the card from the top so that you can see some of the other folds.  It looks complicated but it truly is easy to make.  The downside of this card is having a place to write a message.  You could write it on the back of the side panels or get really creative and write it on the triangles (yellow on my card).

Cardstock:  Stampin' Up, Georgia Pacific, Copic
Patterned Paper:  Three Bugs in a Rug (Frisky)
Stamps:  Sweet 'n Sassy Digi (Friends Purrever)
Ink:  ColorBox Fluid Chalk (chestnut roan)
Copics:  N0, 1, 3, 5, 7, R20
Embellishments/Tools:  rhinestones (Best Occasions), Cuttlebug Embossing Folder (Swiss Dots), Spellbinders (Lacey Squares, Classic Squares Large, Labels Four, Labels Four Small), Fiskars Decorative Corner Lever Punch (Bracket), Sakura Glaze Pen (on kitty's nose), Uni-Ball opaque white pen (kitty's tail tip), CM Fine Tip Black pen

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Word Art Wednesday #63 - Anything Goes
Shopping Our Stash Challenge #85 - Use 2 things starting with the letter "T" (triangles, teal color on the lacey square and the fish in the paper)
Tuesday Throwdown #130 - Frame It
Spark Your Creativity Now Challenge #5 - Anything Goes
Cute Card Thursday #252 - Diamond are Forever (Diamond Fold Card, bling)

Thanks for stopping by today and don't forget to leave a comment for your chance to win the entire January Digi Release.  Be sure to stop by the rest of the DT blogs and leave your comment there too. 

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

What a Joy!

I really enjoy making cards but I also enjoy other paper crafts.  I've been wanting to make another tea bag wallet for awhile now.  They are quick, easy and fun to put together.  You can see my first one and a link to the tutorial on how to make your own in my blog post here.

I love the Friendship Collection Sentiments at Daydream Designs.  There are a total of 12 friend-themed sentiments in the set.  I thought this one was perfect for the focal point of the top of this tea bag wallet.

I put pearls on each scallop around the oval.  I dotted the "j" in joy, the "i" in friend and the exclamation point with a tiny green pearl.  I used stickles to emphasize the words "joy," "you," and "friend."  I also accented different parts of the patterned paper design with stickles.  Three pink rhinestones finish off the sparkle & bling.

The inside of the wallet has room for 6 tea bags.  This time I focused on Breakfast Teas.  OK, I confess, I chose them from the package because they went with the color scheme the best.  :)  It just happened to turn out that they were both breakfast teas.  Not being a tea drinker, I'm not sure if this is a good thing or not.  I hope it is.  :)

Cardstock:  Bazzill, Copic
Patterned Paper: The Paper Studio
Stamps:  Daydream Designs (Friendship Collection Sentiments)
Tools/Embellishments:  bling & pearls (Recollections), Stickles (Star Dust), Spellbinders (Petite Ovals Large and Small, Petite Scalloped Ovals Large), tea (Twining's -English Breakfast Tea, Irish Breakfast Tea)

I'm entering this wallet in the following challenges:
Tuesday Throwdown #130 - Frame It
Terrifically Thrilling Thursday - Anything Goes
Spark Your Creativity Now #5 - Anything Goes
Crazy 4 Challenges #168 - Shape it up (anything but an A2 or square card)
Word Art Wednesday #62 - Anything Goes
Cute Card Thursday #251 - Beat the Blues (Interpretation open & doesn't have to be a card - the cheery colors, bling and gift are a "blues beater" for me)

Thanks for stopping by today.  

Friday, January 11, 2013

Thank You...for Loving Me - SNSDC87

This week's challenge for the Sweet 'n Sassy Digi Challenge Blog is perfect for cold winter days.  This week it's all about coffee, tea & hot chocolate images.  There's also lots of excitement on the blog as two new DT members are being announced and there will be an open DT call for the next two weeks.  Be sure to stop by the blog for all the details.

I chose to paper piece the adorable Cocoa's Latte.  I popped Cocoa's head up on dimensionals so that it looks like he's really peeking around the cup.  I added the Thank You sentiment from the Many Thanks sentiment set to the band on the cup.  I generated the "...for loving me" sentiment on the computer.  I used this week's Sweet Stop Sketch for the overall design.  I wrote "I luv u" on the brads with a marker.  Obviously, this card is for my hubby. :)  Shhhh....don't tell, I haven't given it to him yet.

Sweet Stop Sketch #192
Cardstock:  Georgia Pacific, Recollections, Bazzill
Patterned Paper:  Stampin' Up
Stamps:  Sweet 'n Sassy Digis (Many Thanks, Cocoa's Latte)
Ink:  SU Creamy Caramel
Embellishments/Tools:  Spellbinders (Deckled Rectangles Large & Small), Sharpie fine point marker (brown), Copics, pearls (Queen & Company), brads (MM), AC Slick Writer (black)

I'm entering this card in these challenges:
Word Art Wednesday #62 - Anything Goes
Terrifically Thrilling Thursday - Anything Goes

Don't forget to visit the Sweet 'n Sassy Digi Challenge Blog to read all the details on the DT call.  Thanks for stopping by to visit today.  You are appreciated!!

Friday, January 4, 2013

A Hundred Hearts.... - SNSDC86

It's time for the first challenge in 2013 for the Sweet 'n Sassy Digi Challenge Blog -- Something New.  It can be a new product, new technique, new card design, anything as long as it's new to the crafter.

For my card, I used a card design that I've never tried before....a Flip Down Stack Card.  It's this week's tutorial at SCS.  It was so much fun to make and the tutorial is fantastic!

Here is the card with the stack closed (I used a photo turn to hold my stack closed):

Here is the stack flipped down:

Here's a detail shot of the adorable Rhubarb holding a heart.

With the wonder of digi stamps I layered the "I love you" from the Valentine's Day Greetings Digital Stamp Set on Rhubarb's heart.  I used more of the sentiments in Valentine's Day Greetings and one from the Love Sentiments Digital Stamp Set on the flip down panels.

Cardstock:  Georgia Pacific, Bazzill, Copic
Patterned Paper:  Basic Grey (Bittersweet)
Stamps:  Sweet 'n Sassy Digis (Valentine's Day Greetings, Love Sentiments, Rhubarb's Heart)
Markers:  Copics (E01, 07, 31, 33, 35, R20, 81), Bic Mark-It (Desert Rose)
Tools/Embellishments:  Spellbinders (Classic Squares Large & Small), punches (SU Corner Rounder, EK Success Heart), ribbon (May Arts), Stickles (Star Dust), CM Fine Tip Black Pen, MM Photo Turn

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Word Art Wednesday #61 - Anything Goes
Terrifically Thrilling Thursday - Anything Goes
Spark Your Creativity Now Challenge #5 - Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you'll join us in using Something New.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year!!

Happy New Year!!  I hope this finds your year off to a good start and that 2013 will be a year of blessings for you.  2013 has some exciting things on the horizon for our family.  Our daughter is planning a wedding in May.  This means we'll be adding a son-in-law to the family.  Actually, he already feels like part of the family so their wedding will just make it official. 

A new year feels like a clean slate and a good time for fresh beginnings. I have a couple things that I'd like to accomplish in 2013 but the main thing is that I'd like to draw closer to the Lord this year.  There's nothing more important and if we find ourselves saying we're too busy to spend time with Him....well, then we're just too busy and we need to let something else go. 

Exciting News!!  

Today, I'm sharing a digi card with you.  It is my first project as an official member of the Daydream Designs Dream Team.  I was so excited when Diane asked me to join the team.  I really enjoyed my month as a Guest Designer and now I get to work with her fabulous designs all the time.  For my digi card I used the Happy New Year Paper Pack and the Happy New Year Color Digi Set.  I used PSE to assemble my card and made my own brads, banner & matting.

Happy New Year and may the Lord bless you and your family in this brand new year of 2013.


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